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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Sam Stith

(Born July 22, 1937) -- St. Bonaventure had a great player pass through Olean for the past few years in Andrew Nicholson, a first-round pick of the Orlando Magic. He followed in a tradition of top players who performed for that university. Sam Stith is on that list.

Stith was part of one of the great brother acts in Western New York sports history. Sam teamed up with younger brother Tom. Sam played from 1957 to 1960, while Tom was a year behind him.

Sam was known as a defensive stopper, but he could score as well. He scored more than 1,000 points in his career, and averaged more than 20 points per game as a senior.

Sam made it to his native New York to play as a pro with the Knicks. Tom followed a year later. Sam was on the roster the night Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game against the Knicks in Hershey, Pa.

Stith has been a successful businessman since retiring from basketball. He eventually moved to Arizona.

 --- Budd Bailey  



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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.